Tajpur port, the
big-ticket project of the Mamata Banerjee government that can change the face
of Bengal, could be operational in little over three years.
The last date of
submission of the final bid for the deep sea port is January 31, 2022. This was
disclosed by WBIDC chairman Rajiva Sinha during an interactive session with the
members of Merchant’s Chamber of Commerce (MCC) on Tuesday 11 Jan .
Sinha pointed out
that a lot of big players have already been in touch with the state government
for this. “Some of them have met us as well,” he said.
According to him,
the work order for the port may be issued within three months of the closing of
bids. “We hope that the port should be ready in 3-3.5 years following the work
order,” he added.
Tajpur port will have a stated capacity of 50 million tonne.
Sinha pointed out that Tajpur port will have a
stated capacity of 50 million tonne. There has been a pre-bid meeting with
prospective bidders earlier on November 21 with the state government.
As per sources,
the response was overwhelming as a host of leading port players like Adani
Ports, DP World and JSW Infrastructure, Essar Ports, an entity from Singapore
and Syama Prasad Mookerjee Port participated in the meeting.
The successful bidder will be given 125 acres
of seafront to develop the port and another 1,000 acres of land situated 4 km
away for port-linked industrial development.
For the first
time, a land swap (of 1000 acres) between WBIDC and the West Bengal State
Electricity Distribution Co (WBSEDCL) was done last year in order to make it
more attractive for the bidders.
meeting, Sinha also said that a single window application gateway would be
introduced from WBIDC in the next three months.
Sinha requested MCC president Rishabh Kothari
and other committee members to set up an IPR cell in the chamber